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Joseph Mitchell (1807-1876)

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Joseph Mitchell (c1807-1876), of Worsbrough Dale Colliery, near Barnsley.

Managing partner of the Swaithe Main Colliery and Edmunds Main and Mitchell's Main Collieries.

1861 Joseph Mitchell, Warsbro' Dale Colliery, near Barnsley.[1]

Also see Mitchell Main Colliery Co

1875 One of his sons was in charge of the Swaithe Main Colliery when it caught fire on December 6, 1875. 140 lives were lost. The shock of this caused the death of Mr. Mitchell, who was then sinking the Mitchell Main Colliery.

1876. Died aged 69.

The following extract is from The Engineer 1876/01/21.

'He was the managing partner of the Swaithe Main, Edmunds Main and Mitchell's Main Collieries, near Barnsley, and one of the largest employers of labour in South Yorkshire, died at his residence, Swaithe Hall, on Monday night last, aged 69 years. Deceased was a self made man, having served his apprenticeship at the Milton Works belonging to Messrs. Dawes. After working as a journeyman for some time he opened a small foundry at Warsbro Dale, which gradually grew into a large and profitable undertaking, and is now in the hands of a limited company. As a practical engineer his advice was looked upon as valuable. His first connection with mining matters took place about twenty years ago, when he sunk two small collieries known as Bell Ing and California. In conjunction with Mr. Bartholomew, the then engineer of the South Yorkshire Railway, and Mr. John Tyas, of Barnsley, he sank the Edmunds Main Colliery and after the Swaithe Main to the Silkstone seam. More recently he, along with Mr. Worms, the great continental coal merchant of Peru, and M. Josse, of Grimsby, successfully won the Barnsley seam at the Mitchell's Main Colliery, near Barnsley.'

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